Soha tried to keep her daughters over water but one after the other they lost their grip until she was left only with her oldest daugher, 10-year-old Sarah.
"We only had one life-vest. I held Haya in my arms, the other girls clung to me, but I did not succeed in keeping them above the water, the waves swallowed us and when Haya was no longer breathing, I let go of her to save the others. 'Goodbye my daughter, may god be with you', I said. The others - Sama, Julia, and Sarah held on to me, but one after the other, they lost their grip and I couldn't save them," she told Swedish Radio.
They floated in the water for six hours before finally getting rescued and now they face deportation along with the other survivors. They broke Egyptian law by trying to leave the country without permission.
Most of them, if not all of them, say that their destination was Sweden.
Soha told Swedish Radio that she wanted to come to Sweden because she hoped they would be treated like human beings, and because she has two sisters there.
"We fled death in Syria only to find ourselves face to face with death in the Mediterranean", she says.